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with the Truckee River in California —
to evaluate the dam’s ability to resist
Prosser Creek Dam is an earthen structure 163 feet high and 1,830 feet long, built
It is capable of storing 29,800 acre-feet
of water for food control, recreation and
improvement of fshery fows in the Truckee
River. Storage began in January 1963,
and the water storage structure is part of
Reclamation’s Washoe Project, which also
includes Marble Bluf Dam and the 3.65-
MW Stampede hydroelectric facility.
In 2013, Knight Construction & Supply
Inc. won a contract worth US$2.1 million
from Reclamation to refurbish gates at
Prosser Creek Dam and in 2016 Reclamation
awarded a $21.8 million contract to NW
Constructors Inc. for dam safety modifca-
tions at the Stampede plant.
Prosser Creek Dam is located in a seismically active area, according to Reclamation.
Te agency said the drilling program will
help analyze the potential loss of strength,
known as liquefaction, that could result in a
dam failure during an extreme earthquake.
Reclamation said it will continue drilling at Prosser Creek Dam throughout the
summer of 2017 to collect additional data,
which will be used to assess the likelihood of
liquefaction and response of the dam.
EU invests into Tanzania’s small
hydropower, renewables sectors
A US$200 million investment from the
European Union’s Energy for Growth and
Sustainable Development program will help
Tanzania increase its access to electricity
through the construction of small hydro-
power plants and other renewable projects.
Te announcement comes days after the
EU released a report titled, “Empowering
Tanzania”, in which it said only about 500
MW of the African country’s 4,700 MW of
hydroelectric potential has been exploited.
Te funding is part of the EU’s devel-
opment support program, which focuses on
energy, agriculture and governance.
Specifcally, the initiative will help pay for
a number of unspecifed small hydroelectric
projects in the country’s southern regions,
in addition to several solar installations, and
transmission and distribution infrastructure.
Fewer than 1. 5 million of the country’s
45 million residents are served by national
utility Tanzania Electric Supply Co. Ltd.,
according to EU data, while its cumulative
capacity across all forms of generation tally
around 1,500 MW.
Tanzania has been active in addressing
its energy defcit, signing a memorandum
of understanding with Malawi to develop
a 180-MW hydropower plant earlier this
month. The government also recently
launched prefeasibility studies for the 300-
MW Kibonge plant that would be located
along the Ruhuhu River.